Patriotic Pooch: Kick off Summer with Fun & Safe ways to Celebrate
Keep summer celebrations safe and fun for people and pets.
As summer holidays like Memorial Day and Independence Day are approaching, many of us are looking forward to celebrating with activities like fireworks displays and gathering with friends and family. For our pets though, crowds and loud noises may cause anxiety and potentially lead to destructive behavior. Fortunately, there are ways you can make sure your holiday celebrations don’t turn into a stressful event for your pet.
Your pet will look to you when they’re fearful, so stay calm, gently reassure them, and act as if everything is normal. If you’re away from home, bring along your dog’s favorite toy, chew, or blanket to reassure and distract them. You can also try using calming aids. We love the calming products from ThunderEase that effectively soothe anxiety without the use of medication. The ThunderEase calming collar and calming spray release the same pheromones a mother dog emits to keep her pups at ease to reduce stress.
We also carry a variety of CBD and natural calming chews from trusted brands like Under the Weather, Primal and Pet Releaf. Calming dog chews and treats include active calming ingredients like hemp, thiamine, L-Tryptophan, chamomile and lavender. If you haven't used calming aids before, try some out ahead of time so you can find out what works best for your pet.
Of course, our first priority is to keep our pets safe during the summer holidays, but we also want them to have fun and show their patriotic pride! Help your dog dress for the holidays with a red, white, and blue t-shirt or bandana to wear to summer celebrations. They'll also love a patriotic-themed plush toy.
When you’re planning the menu for Memorial Day picnics and barbeques, don’t forget the pets! It’s tempting to want to share food with our furry friends, but remember that some of our cookout favorites can be dangerous for dogs. Don’t ever give your dog a cooked bone or a corn cob. They can easily break when chewed on and pose a choking hazard. Also, keep fatty meat, avocados, grapes, raisins, and cherries away from your pup.
When they give you the puppy dog eyes during your barbeque, have something ready just for them! We recommend a dog-safe bone or chew. Some favorites that always get our dogs' tails wagging are Earth Animal No-Hide chews, Canine Butcher Shop Monster Cut Bully Sticks and raw frozen bones.